renourishment

Navarre Beach renewal in line behind Sarasota

Navarre Beach renewal in line behind Sarasota

When Weeks Marine Inc. postponed its scheduled restoration of Pensacola Beach last week it seemed to signal that the company could start dredging and filling on Navarre Beach as planned on or about April 1. That’s because some of the same equipment and crew members used in filling in Pensacola Beach with sand dredged from […]

Tourism leaders seek delay in beach dredging

Tourism leaders seek delay in beach dredging

The cheapest price isn’t the best deal on the $15 million dredging project to renourish Navarre Beach this spring, area tourism leaders assert. They estimate the economic damage to the area’s leisure industry at $10 million, far more than Santa Rosa County Commissioners will save by recently accepting the lowest bid from Weeks Marine Inc., […]

Sand Sculpting gives way to scrutinized dredging

Sand Sculpting gives way to scrutinized dredging

Planning for the sixth annual Navarre Beach Sand Sculpting Festival next April consumed considerable time and effort from Santa Rosa County tourism development leaders before the event was abruptly doomed last week by, of all things, sand. The scheduled April 15-16 festival boasted a budget of $55,000 in bed tax funding despite a spat between […]

Bridge toll proposed to help fund future renourishment

Bridge toll proposed to help fund future renourishment

Pensacola Beach already has its estimates for beach renourishment and the cost is 8 percent lower than the estimate for Navarre Beach’s renourishment. Robert Coley is just one of many Navarre Beach leaseholders who will be footing a good portion of the bill, and he wants the county look into the cost difference. Coley also […]

Leaseholders shouldn’t pay more for renourishment

Leaseholders shouldn’t pay more for renourishment

If you’ve been to Navarre Beach this summer, raise your hand. If you’ve gone jet skiing in the Sound, or paddleboarding in the Gulf, raise your hand. If you’ve gone snorkeling on the reefs, raise your hand. There’s no doubt that Navarre Beach is our greatest asset. Whether it’s attracting tourism or full-time residents, that […]

Clock’s ticking on beach renourishment

Clock’s ticking on beach renourishment

When Santa Rosa County began discussing the next go-round of beach renourishment in January 2013, the estimated price was $12 million to $13 million. All necessary permits have been issued and the project now has an $18 million price tag, which could increase to $19 million if the county doesn’t act soon, according to Michael […]

RESTORE funds won’t cover beach renourishment

RESTORE funds won’t cover beach renourishment

Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association hired a grant writer to develop a proposal to fund Navarre Beach renourishment with local RESTORE funding. But there is a slim chance it will receive more than a fraction of its projected $19 million cost. Sonya Negley, an experienced grant writer who lives in Navarre, provided an update […]

Good news, bad news for leaseholders

Good news, bad news for leaseholders

The good news is the Board of County Commissioners is expected to reduce some residential beach lease fees Thursday. The bad news is commissioners plan to discuss implementing another municipal services benefit unit tax on leaseholders to fund future beach renourishment projects. Last year the Florida Supreme Court upheld the assessment of property taxes on […]

County reserves drop below 25 percent

County reserves drop below 25 percent

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners Aug. 28 passed a resolution to transfer $8.2 million from unrestricted county reserves to a restricted fund for an upcoming Navarre Beach renourishment project. The move reduced the county’s general reserve balance from $25,101,665 to $16,901,665 – less than one quarter of the board’s $100 million annual budget. Commissioners […]

TDC member questions use of beach restoration fund

TDC member questions use of beach restoration fund

A Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council member is questioning what she calls premature use of a newly established fund designated for Navarre Beach renourishment projects. Laurie Gallup voiced concern during the Nov. 19 meeting, stating revenues collected from an additional one-cent bed tax, which went into effect June 1, should not be utilized for […]